At one point or another in your life you’ve probably had some ringing in your ears. And that ringing has a name: tinnitus. According to most studies, 15-20% of people experience tinnitus at any particular time. Even though the majority of people only hear this ringing intermittently, some people experience chronic tinnitus that doesn’t go away. The most prevalent treatment for tinnitus is, fortunately, fairly straightforward: hearing aids.
Coping With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the many reasons why tinnitus develops are pretty simple to figure out, others not as much. Tinnitus can also manifest as a wide variety of subjective and objective noises, from pounding to clanging to metal buzz-saw noises, whatever beautiful cacophony your ears can generate.
The noisier and more extreme the sounds are, the more invasive tinnitus tends to get. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your day to day life can be the eventual consequence.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While there is often no way to cure the underlying cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become pretty adept at addressing tinnitus symptoms. Hearing aids are able to accomplish this in numerous ways.
Making The Ringing in Your Ears Harder to Notice
Tinnitus and hearing loss commonly manifest hand in hand. Sometimes, they have the same root cause, but sometimes they don’t. But it’s quite likely that your tinnitus will get worse as your hearing loss declines. There’s less competition, and that buzzing or ringing can really be noticeable (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).
Your hearing aid has the ability to turn the ambient sound of the outside world up. Your tinnitus will once again, to your relief, disappear into the background. Now you can get back to enjoying your life again.
Canceling Out The Noise
Naturally, overwhelming your tinnitus isn’t the same thing as masking your tinnitus. That’s the reason why many modern hearing aids will use a specialized twist on noise-canceling tech to help manage the buzzing and ringing. We can show you how to fine tune your hearing aid to emit certain white noises that help lessen your tinnitus. Basically, by generating specific kinds of sound, your hearing aid can help decrease the volume of your tinnitus symptoms.
This feature isn’t available on all hearing aids, so you’ll have to check with us to find out what will work best for you.
Most types of chronic tinnitus can’t be cured. But you still can find a way to deal with it. The buzzing, ringing, and other tinnitus-related noises will be gone and you will be able to experience a full life with hearing aids that are calibrated correctly. For most people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are ideal.